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35 Best Songs To Wake Up To (Great Morning Songs)

A lot of people don’t enjoy getting up in the morning, but starting the day off with some good music can help you feel mentally and physically ready for the day. Here is our list of the 35 best songs to wake up to (great morning songs) that might help you get your day going! 

1. Lovely Day – Bill Withers 

Bill Withers - Lovely Day (Official Audio)

First on our list is Bill Withers with Lovely Day, which comes from his 1977 album Menagerie. This song went to number six on the Billboard R&B Singles chart and hit 30 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The track offers words of encouragement, and it’s a great tune to put on in the morning to get your day started right. You know it’s going to be a lovely day because you hold the power and look amazing, and those types of lyrics propel this song to the top of our list. 

2. Viva La Vida – Coldplay 

Coldplay - Viva La Vida (Official Video)

Next on the list is the rock band Coldplay with Viva La Vida, which is one song that’ll get you ready for the day and make you feel like you can achieve anything. It appeared on Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends, which was their album from 2008. This track won a Grammy Award for Song of the Year.

It went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100, Adult Top 40, and Adult Contemporary charts while also being an international success. To this day, it is one of their most well-known and beloved tracks. 

3. Walking On Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves 

Katrina & The Waves - Walking On Sunshine (Official Music Video)

In 1983, Katrina & The Waves released the song Walking On Sunshine on the album of the same name. This classic tune is going to pump you up and make you feel happy and positive. If you’re someone who has a hard time thinking the day is going to go well, then this is one track you should be playing because it’s full of positivity and will make you smile. When the tune was released, it went to number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. 

4. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go – Wham!

Wham! - Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go (Official Video)

One track that’s great to wake up to is the 1984 hit Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go by Wham! It was released on the album Make It Big. This song is a classic track that’s going to make you want to get up and dance as you put on your clothes or step into the shower in the morning. It’s a beloved song by them, and when it was released, it went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. 

5. Stronger – Britney Spears 

Britney Spears - Stronger (Official HD Video)

Britney Spears released Stronger on her 2000 album Oops! I Did It Again, and this song is all about making you feel good before you head out the door. It’s an anthem for women that talks about how you’re stronger than you were just yesterday, and you don’t need to be lonely because you’ve got this! This track was a huge success and landed at number two on the Billboard Dance Single Sales chart and 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. 

6. Morning Sunrise – Weldon Irvine 

In 1979, Weldon Irvine released Morning Sunrise on his album The Sisters. This is all about feeling happy and grateful for being alive another day and seeing the sunrise. Whether you’re talking about a weekend with your significant other or seeing the sunrise before you go to work, this tune is going to fill your soul with happiness and joy. 

7. Just Fine – Mary J. Blige 

Mary J. Blige - Just Fine (Official Music Video)

Mary J. Blige is on the list with her track from 2007 called Just Fine from her album Growing Pains. This song is a positive track that talks about moving on with life and beginning to love herself. If you struggle in the morning with getting a move on, this song will put a smile on your face and get you ready for a good time. This track made it to number one on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart and 22 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. 

8. O-o-h Child – The Five Stairsteps 

The Five Stairsteps - O-o-h Child (Audio)

Next is The Five Stairsteps with O-o-h Child, which came out in 1970 on the album Stairsteps. You probably have heard this song recently as it’s featured in the movie Guardians Of The Galaxy. This track is all about telling you it’s going to get easier, so it’s a song you will want to listen to in the morning, especially if you’ve been going through a rough patch in life.

Whether it’s a professional or personal issue, this tune will have you feeling optimistic like it’ll all be okay. When the song was released, it made it to eight on the Billboard Hot 100 and still is a beloved track to this day. 

9. Good Morning – John Legend 

Next is John Legend with Good Morning, which comes from his 2008 album Evolver. This is one of the best songs to wake up to with your partner because it’s a track meant for a couple. He talks about how he wants to spend time in the morning with his significant other before they go about their day. It’s a sweet song perfect for lying in bed with your partner and relaxing before you both head off to work. 

10. I Think of Saturday – Moodyman 

I Think of Saturday

In 2019, Moodyman released the song I Think Of Saturday on his album Sinner. This track is an uplifting song you can listen to during the week while daydreaming about the weekend to come. If you’re feeling blah when you wake up during the week, this track will be what can make you feel good about the day and be ready to tackle your work projects. 

11. Brave – Sara Bareilles 

Sara Bareilles - Brave (Official Video)

Next is Brave by Sara Bareilles, which was released in 2013 on her album The Blessed Unrest. This song is going to get you ready for your day, and it’s all about how strong we can be and how we can overcome struggles and weaknesses that we might have. Hillary Clinton used this track in her 2016 presidential campaign as an entrance tune, so you know it has to be powerful and attention-grabbing. It went to number two on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart and 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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12. Hello Good Morning – Diddy And Dirty Money feat. T.I. And Rick Ross 

Diddy - Dirty Money - Hello Good Morning ft. T.I., Rick Ross

Diddy had a hit with Hello Good Morning, which features Dirty Money, Rick Ross, and T.I. This song is from his album Last Train To Paris, which was released in 2010. It’s an infectious track that’s going to get you ready for the day, and it talks about status, wealth, nightclubs, and romantic encounters at night.

Diddy always knows how to get the party going and make you feel happy, and this is one of his finest examples of that. When it was released, it made it to 27 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. 

13. Happy – Pharrell Williams 

Pharrell Williams - Happy (Video)

The next song you will recognize because it was featured on the movie soundtrack for Despicable Me 2. We’re talking about Happy by Pharrell Williams, and there’s no better track to wake up to than a song such as this because it’s so uplifting, upbeat, and catchy. There are so many tracks that make you smile and give you positive energy, but this tune has to be one of the most beloved and well-known on our list. It was a huge hit all over the world and made it to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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14. BREAK MY SOUL – Beyoncé

Beyoncé - BREAK MY SOUL (Official Lyric Video)

Next on our list is Beyoncé with her song from 2022 called BREAK MY SOUL from her album Renaissance. The lyrics in this track are very uplifting, and there is a dance vibe to this song that’s going to make you want to get up and just dance your way to work. This track won Song of the Year at the Soul Train Music Awards and went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. 

15. Electric Feel – MGMT 

MGMT - Electric Feel (Official HD Video)

Released on the album Oracular Spectacular is Electric Feel by MGMT, which came out in 2008. It’s a song that’s going to make you feel like you’re in another world, and it’s one of those tracks you can get up and dance to or just daydream while it’s on about being in an alternative universe.

Waking up to this song is going to give you positive energy and vibes, and it was a huge hit for MGMT when it was released. You may have heard this track in television shows such as CSI: NY or Gossip Girl.  

16. Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson 

Kelly Clarkson - Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) [Official Video]

Kelly Clarkson is next with her song Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You), which was released on her 2012 album of the same name. This is a track about empowerment, and it’s a great song to wake up to if you’re a woman and just need some positive energy to get through the day. The feel-good tune is one of her most beloved and well-known tracks, and it went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. 

17. I Love Music – The O’Jays 

The O'Jays - I Love Music (Official Audio)

The O’Jays are on our list with their hit I Love Music from their 1975 album Family Reunion. This soulful song features a saxophone solo, bongos, and a guitar, so it’s going to get you pumped up and ready for the day. Whether you’re doing housework or driving to work, you’re going to want to sing to the music, and you’ll have a smile on your face the entire time. When this track was released, it made it to number one on the Billboard R&B chart and five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. 

18. I Wanna Dance With Somebody –  Whitney Houston 

Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Official 4K Video)

Whitney Houston makes the list with I Wanna Dance With Somebody from her 1986 self-titled album. This is one of her most popular songs, and it’s going to make you want to dance in the morning while you get ready. Her energy in this track is amazing, and it’s going to give you the energy to face the day and will help relieve the stress you may feel. This song was an international hit and went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. 

19. I Smile – Kirk Franklin

Kirk Franklin - I Smile (Official Video)

Kirk Franklin released I Smile on his 2011 album Hello Fear, and this gospel song is the perfect track to wake up to in the morning. It’s a fun song with a great melody that talks about living your life on God’s Word instead of how you feel. It’s going to give you strength and determination to get through whatever obstacles you may face during the day. 

20. Wake Me Up – Avicii 

Avicii - Wake Me Up (Official Video)

On the 2013 album True, Avicii released the song Wake Me Up, which is by far one of his most beloved and well-known tracks. This dance song will get you pumped up for the day and have you bobbing up and down while you’re eating breakfast. This track went to number one internationally and made it to number one on the Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart while peaking at four on the Billboard Hot 100. 

21. The Other Side – Justin Timberlake And SZA

SZA, Justin Timberlake - The Other Side (From Trolls World Tour)

The Other Side by Justin Timberlake featuring SZA is next, which is all about how you shouldn’t compare yourself to someone else, and it’s a track that’ll make you feel empowered. This song went to 13 on the Adult Top 40 and made it to 61 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.  

22. Good Morning – Kanye West 

Kanye West - Good Morning

Kanye West had a hit with Good Morning from his 2007 album Graduation, and this song is a great track to listen to if you want to get motivated for the day. This album is considered to be his best, and with songs like this, we can easily see why. 

23. A Thousand Miles – Vanessa Carlson 

Vanessa Carlton - A Thousand Miles

In 2002, Vanessa Carlton released A Thousand Miles on her album Be Not Nobody. It’s one of those powerful songs that’ll have you ready to start your day. This track went to number one on the Adult Contemporary chart and five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. 

24. Easy – Commodores 

Peaking at number one on the Billboard Hot Soul Singles chart is the next tune, which is Easy by The Commodores. This song is going to bring you peace if you’ve just been through a breakup, and it’ll help you overcome those bad feelings you have about it. 

25. Soak Up The Sun – Sheryl Crow 

Sheryl Crow - Soak Up The Sun

Released on the album Come On, Come On is the hit by Sheryl Crow Soak Up The Sun. The positive energy and vibes in this song are going to put a smile on your face and make you open your curtains to let in that sunshine. The track went to number one on the Adult Alternative Songs chart and 17 on the Billboard Hot 100

26. Sunday Morning – Maroon 5 

Maroon 5 - Sunday Morning (Closed Captioned)

Sunday Morning by Maroon 5 is on our list, and this song will put you and your significant other in a happy mood when you wake up. It’s all about knowing that person will be there no matter what you’re going through and how nice it is to wake up next to them every day. It went to number four on the Adult Top 40 and can be found on their 2004 album Songs About Jane. 

27. Respect – Aretha Franklin 

Aretha Franklin - Respect

On the list next is the massive hit Respect by Aretha Franklin, which was a cover of Otis Redding’s song. She released this track on her 1967 album I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You, and it’s an empowering song for women everywhere about how you’re worth more than you think, and it can help you make it through the day. It went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and is her signature track.

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28. Get Up Offa That Thing – James Brown 

Get Up Offa That Thing

Next is James Brown with Get Up Offa That Thing from his 1976 album of the same name. This song is a great dance tune, and it’s going to make you get up and get your day going as soon as you hear it. While his screams might be a little much to listen to in the morning, it’s a track that is uplifting and full of positivity.

This song appears in Shaft, Black Knight, and Another World, just to name a few movies and television shows you may have heard it in before. It went to number four on the Billboard Hot Soul Singles chart and 45 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. 

29. Man! I Feel Like a Woman – Shania Twain 

Shania Twain - Man! I Feel Like A Woman (Official Music Video)

In 1997, Shania Twain released Man! I Feel Like A Woman on her album Come On Over. This is one of her most well-known and beloved songs, and it’s one of her signature hits. It’s all about having fun out and about in the town and enjoying life as a woman. It’s an energetic and upbeat track with a beat that’s going to make you want to dance. When it was released, the tune went to four on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. 

30. It Was a Good Day – Ice Cube

Ice Cube - It Was A Good Day

Next is Ice Cube with It Was A Good Day, which comes from his 1992 album The Predator. You know it’s going to be a good day when he is telling you so, and it’s the perfect wake-up song to get you motivated and in a positive headspace. This track went to number one on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart and made it to 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. 

31. The Morning – The Weeknd 

The Weeknd - The Morning

From 2011, on the album House Of Balloons comes the next song, which is The Morning by The Weeknd. This track appeared in the movie Uncut Gems, and it’s a song that’s going to help you wake up on the days when you just feel like you’re dragging. It’s a great tune that went to number nine on the Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.

32. Yellow Brick Road – Sudan Archives 

Sudan Archives - Yellow Brick Road (Official Audio)

Sudan Archives is next with Yellow Brick Road, which comes from the 2022 album Natural Brown Prom Queen. This is one of those songs for women of color where you’re going to feel optimistic and empowered when you get done listening to this track. It’s all about assuring you that you’ve got this and that you can let go of the burdens that you carry. 

33. Roar – Katy Perry 

Pop star Katy Perry is next with Roar from her 2013 album Prism, and this song is an anthem about being positive and being a champion to the point that you’re going to roar. This upbeat track is going to make you feel empowered and like you can get through anything that the day throws your way. This was a huge hit for her and went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. 

34. Steal My Sunshine – Len

Len - Steal My Sunshine

Len comes in next with Steal My Sunshine from their 1999 album Go, and this song is very upbeat and optimistic, which makes it perfect to start the day right. It’s all about cheering up your friend who is sad while wanting to stay happy yourself at the same time. This was their signature track and made it to three on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 chart and nine on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. 

35. Manic Monday – The Bangles 

The Bangles - Manic Monday (Official Video)

Lastly, we have The Bangles with Manic Monday from their 1986 album Different Light. This song made it to number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and is one of their most well-known tracks. When you listen to this song, it’s going to get you ready for Monday and make it a little less sucky than normal.

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